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In Reply to: how many of you have mixed tube preamps & SS amps? posted by el cheapo on June 13, 2002 at 16:09:31:
I never liked the 500C, actually I don't think any of the Fisher gear ever did it for me. I like the JBL S-38 so you won't get a bashing there. I use Infinity Ren 90, Adcom 5500, Creek OBH-12 and Rega Planet. I have had most of the Adcoms and the 5500 is way best IMHO. Soon to add another 5500 and an active x-over. My Aronov YM-100 amp is getting an overhaul and can't wait to get it back in. Doesn't have the headroom like the Adcom, but power isn't all.
what didn't you like about the 500c? i think its pretty sweet. (after i had it fixed up by a tech anyway) but i don't have a lot of experience with different types of equipment. i've only been at this for about a year, and i don't tons of money to throw around. i used to have a 5400, but sold it to buy my outlaw receiver. i've heard people say the 500 series were much better than the newer 5000 series. i'm wondering what tubes would sound like in front of one those monsters.
The Fisher stuff is better than most of the stuff out there, especially after being rebuilt. Is there better stuff out there? I am sure there is, but it could be a case of diminishing returns. The whole idea is to get each component as musical as you can. Each part doesn’t have to belong to any specific religion.
My first Adcom was a GFA-1 and I think the Thriller album was #1 on the charts. Alot of the 555 words are from the past also. The 5500 is a much cleaner sounding amp.
Look for an NAD 2400 amp (or 3400 integrated) over the Adcom 545. The NAD has a much better sound and plenty to drive your JBL's. Tubed preamps with a gain stage can work well with those SS amps. Finding the match is the key, and what others say about a certain component has zero meaning to what it does for you. The Fisher always seemed attenuated and thin. Like they are trying to push through a pipe that is too small. Just remember that what you feed it (and how much) upstream has a large affect to what hits the rest downstream.
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